Oman, also known as the Sultanate of Oman, is one of the Middle Eastern countries that have been rising in popularity as a travel destination. It is located on the eastern end of the Arabian Peninsula and shares a land border with the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Oman is a beautiful country growing in attractiveness to travellers thanks to its improved tourism industry that works hard to showcase its cultural and natural landmarks.
While the Middle East is generally avoided due to security concerns, Oman is actually a very accessible and peaceful oasis. Oman is full of beauty from panoramic mountain to impressive sand dunes. The country also has beautiful beaches along the coastlines of the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman.
When planning a holiday in Oman, travels will definitely be spoilt for choices on places to go, sights to see and activities to do while in the country. Here are just a few of the more popular tourist spots in Oman to add to the itinerary and should be a must-see:
Grand Mosque – A religious landmark in Muscat, the Grand Mosque was constructed to commemorate the Sultan Qaboos’ 30th year reigning over the country. The lovely sandstone exterior is a striking contrast against the opulent splendour to be found inside the building. The Grand Mosque is also where one will find the second-largest hand-loomed Persian carpet in the world. It measures 70 metres by 60 metres wide and reportedly took four years for 600 women to weave.
Royal Opera House – Considered to be the cultural heart of Muscat, the Royal Opera House plays host to a variety of performing arts programmes. Visitors to the Royal Opera House can take in an opera, ballet or a showcase of Arabic music. The Royal Opera House also offers guided tours of this beautiful building with its marble façade and intricate interiors.
Mutrah Souk – A well-known market located in the eastern part of Muscat, the Mutrah Souk is popular for its silver artefacts, perfumes, antiques and souvenirs. One can also find supplies of anything from gold to frankincense to myrrh.
Wadi Shab – One of the more popular destinations in Oman, the Wadi Shab is located 40 kilometres southeast of Dibab in the Al Sharqiyah region. Aptly named in Arabic the “Gorge Between Cliffs”, Wadi Shab is a beautiful sight to behold with its turquoise waterfalls and terraced plantations. It is a popular attraction and often visited by both tourists and locals.
Nakhal – The Hajar Mountains and the Nakhal Fort dominate a picturesque town in Oman. Nakhal Fort is considered to one of the most dramatic forts in the country with its entire structure built around a rock. The fort’s towers and entranceway were built during Imam Said bin Sultan’s reign in 1834. Nakhal Fort also has a museum exhibiting historic guns and hosts a weekly goat market.
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